Elaine Bensted is Chief Executive of Zoos SA which operates both Adelaide Zoo and Monarto Safari Park and has been in this role since September 2012. Elaine reports to the Zoos SA Board, elected by members of the society, and is supported by a strong senior management team.
Prior to her appointment as Chief Executive, Elaine held the position of Chief Executive for TAFE SA and preceding this held senior roles in both state and local government. Elaine has also worked in the private finance sector, within human resources and training management, operation and project management and bank branch manager roles.
Elaine’s qualifications include an MBA and a Masters in Public Policy and Management. Elaine also holds qualifications in accounting and finance.
Outside of her work with Zoos SA, Elaine is also Vice President of Zoos & Aquarium Association (ZAA) and Chair of the Finance and Audit Committee, Board member of Children’s University Advisory Board, Uni SA Business School Program Advisory Board, The Australian Rhino Project Board, International Koala Centre of Excellence Advisory Board, World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA) Membership & Ethics Committee and the Treasurer, Board member of the Regional Development Australia Murraylands and Riverland Board and Environment Institute Advisory Board.
Elaine is married with an adult daughter and is the proud long-time owner of German Shepherd Dogs.
“I see it as a privilege, honour and huge responsibility to lead such an iconic organisation which is delivering on such a critical mission. I enjoy working with immensely passionate staff and volunteers in an amazing work environment with a lot of opportunities for “wow” moments that no other job could ever provide”
Director Community Engagement
Sarah Brown has been working with Zoos SA since 2006. As the Director Community Engagement, Sarah’s responsibilities include visitor experience, tourism, marketing, fundraising and education.
Sarah has over 20 years experience in the not-for-profit and local government sector, having worked extensively in events, product development and customer service. Prior to joining Zoos SA, she was the Clare Valley Visitor Information Centre Manager. Sarah has also held positions for the Adelaide Festival Centre, ACHA Health Foundation, the Royal Flying Doctor Service and various local governments, while also holding a Bachelor of Social Science.
Sarah has worked and resided in regional areas throughout South Australia.
“It is such a dynamic place full of adventure and discovery, amazing staff, incredibly generous volunteers – to have the opportunity to be immersed in conservation action every day is very humbling. I have fond memories of the zoo as a child and it’s exciting to be part of it as an adult.”